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WEDNESDAY
OCTOBER 3, 2001

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'M' recruiting class
ranks No. 6 in nation

Shot in

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foot

By Joe Smith
Daily Sports Editor
Michigan basketball fans heard that
Tommy Amaker was a talented recruiter
when he was an assistant at Duke and as
head coach of Seton Hall.
Now they know first-hand.
With the latest verbal commitments
from two big men this past weekend,
Michigan's new basketball coach has
landed a recruiting class for 2002 that is
ranked No. 6 in the nation by recruiting
analyst Clark Francis of Hoop Scoop.
Francis said that as of now, six Big
Ten teams are ranked in the top 16
recruiting classes for next year - with
the Spartans rounding it out at No. 16.
"He's got a top 10 class in his first
year - and that's impressive," Francis
said. "And I'm not surprised, because
Amaker is one of the best and brightest
in the country -he'll get the job done."
Francis said that the combination of
playmaking guard Daniel Horton and
lanky swingman Lester Abram to go
along with an "underrated" Graham
Brown will bring Michigan's class
among the best in the nation.
According to analysts, while Michi-
gan's two other commitments -- 6-
foot-11 power forwards Chris Hunter
and Amadou Ba - have an upside to
their game, the jury is still out on
whether they can contribute right away.
Hunter "sees himself as a forward, but
I think he's best suited at center, once he
gets into that mindset," national recruit-
ing analyst Clint Jackson said. "He runs
the floor very well, can put the ball on
the floor and has a decent little shot out
to 14-15 feet or so. But he needs to bring
his intensity on a consistent basis."
Francis said Hunter's inconsistency at
AAU camps in the summer forced him
to drop out of his top-100 dramatically.
"Chris was a major disappointment
over the spring and summer," said Fran-
cis, who admitted that the AAU team
Hunter played on may have been a fac-
tor in his performance. "But he does

have the potential to make an impact -
it's just a matter of when."
"Amadou Ba falls in the same catego-
ry. He's not a great player right now but
has potential to make a difference. He'll
get there, but he's not ready to be an
impact player in the Big Ten."
Michigan went after prized big men
Chris Bosh, Sean May and Travis Garri-
son, but had to settle for two big bodies
with potential instead. Francis said that the
class can be thought of as a success when
taking Michigan's goals into account.
"If you want to win a national title in
the next two years - Michigan didn't
do a good job," Francis said. )3ut if they
wanted to develop and improve their
depth - then they did really well."
Michigan will now have solid depth in
the front court in 2002 where it is severe-
ly shorthanded now. After Chris Young
graduates this year, the Wolverines
would have had only had one player over
6-foot-7 - 7-foot-2 Josh Moore.
And what if Flint Northern superstar
Matt Trannon comes to Michigan?
"If they get Trannon, they would be
No. 2 in the nation behind Duke," Francis
said. "Wouldn't that be something?"
While Amaker has five commitments
for five scholarship spots in 2002, Tran-
non would likely come to Michigan on a
football scholarship - but would still
have the possibility to play basketball. The
6-foot-7 Trannon is also a talented wide
receiver, who many say has a chance to
play in either the NFL or the NBA.
"Trannon is worth about three of
those guys (Michigan recruits)," Francis
said. "There's really a wide margin right
there - he's ready to step in.
"And I think he's going to Michigan.".
Trannon, ranked No. 25 by Prep Spot-
light, has been spotted at the last three
Michigan football games, andi many say
he's leaning toward Michigan.
"Suddenly Michigan State isn't own-
ing the state anymore," Francis said.
"Michigan's going to be a power --
they got the right coach to do it at this
point."

Big Ten affected
bymaj or errors
in kicking game
By Jon Schwartz
Daily Sports Editor
It's no secret that special teams play a huge
role in the outcome of college football games.
But for anyone that wasn't convinced, this
past weekend gave quite a bit of proof.
In two games this weekend - Michigan
State -Northwestern and Purdue -Minnesota -
the kicking game had as much to do with the
outcome as any other facet of play.
In Evanston, Michigan State returned two
kicks for touchdowns to make the game com-
petitive, but missed two extra points, leaving
the Wildcats with an opportunity to win on a
last-second field goal.
Likewise, Purdue kicked a game-tying last-
second field goal as the clock ran out in Min-
neapolis. The Gophers, who missed two short
kicks earlier in the game, lost in overtime.
"I don't know any coach that doesn't stress
the importance of kicking games," said Min-
nesota coach Glen Mason during the Big Ten's
weekly football teleconference. "What you
always talk about is that in close ballgames,
normally the kicking game is what decides it.
When you look at the fact that they made a last-
second field goal and we missed two chip-shot
field goals ... that would have been the differ-
ence."
If the Spartans converted on just one of the
two blown point-after opportunities, they would
have been able to avoid the one-point loss.
"We've had some problems the last couple of
years in our kicking game and I thought maybe
we had it resolved, but obviously we didn't,"
Michigan State coach Bobby Williams said.
"Special teams will always be a big part of the
game. Obviously it played a big part in our

AP PHOTO
Northwestern kicker David Wasielewski put Northwestern ahead for good in the final seconds of last Satur=
day's game against Michigan State. The Spartans missed two extra points in the fourth quarter.

game last weekend, when we lost points that we
could have produced in that game."
Northwestern coach Randy Walker knows
that his team was fortunate to pull out the win
that should have gone the Spartans' way.
"We're very fortunate to somehow come
away with the win in spite of it," he said. "We
did give up some plays that need to be
addressed."
NOT GIVING up: After last year's game against,
Michigan, Illinois coach Ron Turner was hop-

ping mad about poor officiating, which he felt
cost his team the game. This year, he had no
particular problems, but he's not yet droppine
his hope that college football will institute
instant replay.
"I definitely think instant replay should be
in," Turner said. "I think with modern technolo-
gy, if you can let the players decide the out-
comes of the games and let the teams decide,
that's what should happen. If we have the tech-
nology to do it we should take advantage of it."

Cammalleri expects to play against State

By Naweed Sikora
Daily Sports Writer

Junior forward Mike Cammalleri, who has yet
to suit up this season due to a nagging hip injury,
began skating with the team at practice yesterday.
Berenson feels that Cammal-
leri is very close to returning to
the lineup, but wants to take it
on one day at a time.
"I won't know till Friday, and - ,
maybe not even till Saturday," Berenson said.
"But he feels good right now; he had a small
workload today, but we'll give him a bigger work-
load tomorrow. We think he is progressing, and I
think there is a chance that he will play."
"I felt great today," Cammalleri said. "I think
that it's recovered, so I'm going to take it day to

day, and prepare for this weekend."
When asked if he expected to be in the lineup
for Saturday's game, Cammalleri replied "defi-
nitely."
His presence on the ice as a leader and a scorer
has been sorely missed. With him on the ice Sat-
urday, the Wolverines will stand a much better
chance of contending with Michigan State's tight
defense.
"Obviously, I'm hoping that he will be ready to
play, " Berenson said. "But I don't want him to
play if he's not 100 percent."
FOCUSED ON TASK AT HAND: After crushing its
first exhibition opponent, Queens, on Sunday
afternoon, the Michigan hockey team now awaits
what could be its biggest challenge of the year -
the "Cold War" game against Michigan State.
The game, which will be played on an ice rink

constructed in the middle of Spartan Stadium, is
expected to be a record-breaking event for college
hockey. If 72,000 fans attend as expected, it will
be the largest crowd in history to ever witness a
hockey game.
Despite the extravagance of the event, Michi-
gan coach Red Berenson is trying to keep his
team focused on the game within. Even with all
this to contemplate, Berenson is confident that his
team will be focused on the task at hand.
"I think the intensity out on the ice is pretty
good," Berenson said. "The exhibition games this
past weekend helped our players gain some confi-
dence and get comfortable with each other. They
know it's a big game, so we'll work hard this
week and I think you'll see the intensity level go
up as the week goes on."

ALYSSA WOOD/Daily
Freshman Jennifer Gandolph (3) paced the Wolverines Sunday against 17th-ranked
Minnesota with 12 kills and 10 digs for her third consecutive double-double.
Spartans visit Cliff Keen
in crucial clash of rivals

See COLD WAR, Page 12

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By Charles Paradis
Daily Sports Writer
Rivalries are the heart and soul of
collegiate sports. While the players and
coaches change over the years, the
enmity never dies.
"We look to beat them," said senior
co-captain Shannon Melka who
summed up this week's goal for the
Michigan volleyball team (2-2 Big Ten,
5-5 overall) in five words. There will be
no compromise in this week's match
versus Michigan State(2-2, 9-2).
The Wolverines are looking for a win
and only a win will do. The first match
of the State Pride Series will be played
at Cliff Keen Arena at 7 p.m. tonight.
Both teams are off to similarly rocky
starts in Big Ten play. Both lost to Wis-
consin and Northwestern on the road
and both have beaten Iowa and Min-
nesota at home.
The Spattans, who lead the series 37-
22-1, will count on their star senior Erin
Hartley, a preseason All-Big Ten selec-
tion, to try to secure their first road win.
A 6-foot-3 outside hitter, Hartley leads
the team with an average of 4.16 kills
per game this season. She is also second
on the team in digs, averaging just over
two dies a game.

CLIFF KEEN ARENA
Who: Michigan (2-2 Big Ten, 5-5 overall)
vs. Michigan State (2-2 , 9-2)
When: 7 p.m.
Latest: The first 300 fans will receive free
Nike water bottles as Michigan tries to win
the first match of the State Pride series.
outside hitters who are ready for the
match as well. Freshman Jennifer Gan-
dolph has had three consecutive double-
doubles over the last two weekends.
She - along with sophomore Chantel
Reedus, who had a career best weekend
- will provide a potent outside attack
against the Spartans.
As always, sophomore Erin Moore
will be expected to supply Michigan
with instant offense. Moore leads the
Wolverines with 128 kills over the sea-
son - her outstanding play and electri-
fying kills have made her a fan favorite
at Cliff Keen Arena.
Last year, Michigan and Michigan
State split the series at one match apiece
with both wins coming at home. This
year though, the Wolverines want to
win at home and in East Lansing.
"Our main goal is to beat them at
home, at their place," Reedus said.
To accomplish such a sweep, Michi-

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